Mental Health & Wellness: You’re Not Alone

Wellness is the act of practicing healthy habits on a daily basis to attain better physical and mental health outcomes. Mental health is one of those subjects that gets overlooked often but affects a great number of people. Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. I’m no stranger to the ills of suffering from mental health issues, as I currently deal with anxiety and at one point dealt with depression. When your mental health is out of balance, it can lead to different issues. Some of the factors that can negatively affect mental health is either biological (genes or brain chemistry), life experiences (such as trauma or abuse) and a family history of mental problems. Early signs of mental health problems include the following:

  • Eating or sleeping too much or too little
  • Drinking, smoking, or using drugs more than usual
  • Having low or no energy
  • Feeling helpless or hopeless
  • Yelling or fighting with family and friends
  • Thinking of harming yourself and others
  • Experiencing severe mood swings
  • Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared
  • Having persistent thoughts and memories you can’t get out of your head
  • Inability to perform daily tasks
  • Feeling numb or like nothing matters
  • Hearing voices
  • Unexplained aches and pains
  • Pulling away from people & usual activities

As you can see, mental health problems can affect daily living, relationships and physical health if left untreated regardless of age, sex, income or ethnicity. Stress, anxiety and depression are conditions that affect mental health and disrupt your routine. Everyone goes through life dealing with different things and how you cope with it can greatly affect your mental health. In the United States alone, 1 in 5 adults experience mental health problems each year. So if you’re dealing with any mental conditions or illness, you’re not alone. My anxiety can be triggered by different things due to what I’ve been through in my past. Of course I experience stress through either my job or with personal matters but I do my best to try and keep myself grounded.

The main way to help manage mental health problems is through therapy. Most insurance companies cover therapy at little to no cost. Cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure therapy and dialectical therapy are just some of the therapies used. Utilize your resources and/or the internet to find places near you that offer therapy. Most people either feel ashamed, nonchalant or embarrassed about the thought of therapy but if you know it’s needed, go for it. I’ve done therapy before in the past and trust me, it helps. There are other ways to help develop positive mental health:

  • Connecting with others
  • Getting physically active
  • Helping others
  • Getting enough sleep
  • Developing coping skills
  • Staying positive
  • Meditation
  • Affirmations

I try to regularly incorporate meditation, exercise & affirmations in my morning routine to start my day on the right foot. Surrounding yourself with positive people with good vibes helps as well to alleviate the negative thoughts and having an outlet to communicate to. Making changes to your lifestyle can also help such as reducing alcohol or drug intake and eating a more balanced diet. Taking a vacation can do the trick as well and finally, relaxation always helps. Mental health problems are all too common in society today, but finding ways to cope and heal will help you overcome whatever you’re going through.

Suicide Prevention

If you or someone you know is having thoughts of suicide, the National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours per day at 800-273-8255. During a crisis, people who are hard of hearing can call 800-799-4889.

Published by fitiquegirl

I'm the owner of Fitique World, an online fitness boutique for accessories and apparel. We strive to provide quality fitness products to help you build confidence, get fit & inspire greatness!

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